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AML3D sells ARCEMY 3D printer to US DoD intermediary for A$1.1M

BlueForge Alliance has purchased the system which will be used by US Navy part supplier LWS

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Laser Welding Solutions (LWS), a Texas-based manufacturer that supplies components to the US Navy, has acquired an ARCEMY metal 3D printing system from Australian company AML3D. The sale, which was worth A$1.1 million (USD 732,215), was completed by BlueForge Alliance, a US Department of Defense intermediary whose aim is to promote the adoption of advanced manufacturing, such as metal AM, in the defense sector. BlueForge Alliance has also made a number of other purchase orders in cooperation with Wire Additive Manufacturing (WAM) specialist AML3D, including a recent contract to test and qualify Copper-Nickel alloys for defense applications.

The hardware purchase order is for a 2600 Edition ARCEMY system, which is AML3D’s most compact industrial metal AM system, with a maximum print size of 1.2 x 1.2 meters. LWS has been using the system since September 2023 through a lease agreement between BlueForge Alliance and AML3D, focusing specifically on the qualification of a Nickel Aluminum Bronze (NAB) alloy for the US Navy. The initial lease agreement included an option to buy, which BlueForge has opted for, along with a one-year service and maintenance contract. According to AML3D, offering annual service and maintenance contracts is a central part of its scale-up strategy in the United States.

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“This first conversion of a lease agreement with LWS into an outright purchase of an ARCEMY system, including an annual service and maintenance component is exciting,” said AML3D CEO Sean Ebert. “It is not only a great example of progress against our strategic objective of embedding our proprietary WAM technology across the US Navy supply chain, but it also creates the opportunity to establish recurring service and maintenance revenues going forward.”

On top of the recent purchase agreement, LWS is also leasing (with option to buy) two more 2600 Edition ARCEMY machines, which are supporting its development of metal AM parts for the US Navy, and particularly submarine applications. The company also has systems installed at the US Navy’s Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. For Australia-based AML3D, its deepening ties to the American defense market signals the potential to keep growing its revenue and strengthening its market position.

“The continuing momentum within our US scale-up strategy underpins the investment we are making in our US manufacturing hub and headquarters at Ohio,” Ebert added. “We are looking to maximize the opportunities we have across the US Defence sector, especially the Navy’s submarine industrial base, but also across US based, global Tier 1 Oil & Gas, Marine and Aerospace companies. In parallel, we are exploring ways to leverage our US ‘Scale-up’ playbook to access additional, significant Defence markets such as the UK and Australia, which have the benefit of being AUKUS partners.”

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